Friday 18 October 2019

About Today Readings

St Luke

2 Timothy 4:10-17. Psalm 144(145):10-13, 17-18. Luke 10:1-9.

Your friends tell the glory of your kingship, Lord – Psalm 144(145):10-13, 17-18

‘I am sending you out like lambs among wolves’

The word ‘apostle’ means ‘one who is sent’. Jesus sends out 72 missionaries to prepare the way for his eventual arrival in the villages across the countryside. The story highlights a few things about Jesus’ mission. First, he can’t do it all on his own. Jesus needs others who help prepare and spread the message. Second, Jesus did not establish himself in one place. He went out to people – he didn’t presume that people would come to him. And, finally, much of Jesus’ preaching took place in rural areas, away from the main centres. It would be in the heart of the Holy City that Jesus would find the greatest opposition. This story reminds us that we too are asked to be people who ‘go out’ in the midst of our ordinary life and seek to open the doorway of Christ for others.

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